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Road Trip USA - Green Bay Packers

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Road Trip USA - Green Bay Packers

Next up, Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers - a town with probably the most enthusiastic and nicest people we met along the whole trip. After failing to stop in Austin for the night after due to a lack of a decent hotel we decided to crack on to Green Bay leading us to arrive a day earlier than planned. It ended up being the longest drive of the holiday - over 600 miles and 12 hours in the car.  

We stayed within throwing distance of the stadium which helped when it came to Saturday and the training scrimmage we secured tickets to. 80,000 people turned out to see a training game between the offence and defence. Even though it wasn't a proper game, not even a proper pre-season game, the atmosphere was awesome and pre-game tailgating even more impressive. Good day all round!

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British and Irish Lions - Part II

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British and Irish Lions - Part II

Part two of the collection from when the British and Irish Lions played the Barba's in Hong Kong. Some familiar friendly faces in this bunch! 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 25mm f/2.8L II; 31mm, f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 1600 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II, 29mm, f/6.3, 1/40, ISO 1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 187mm, f/4, 1/60, ISO 1260

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 106mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO 1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.33ev

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/160, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/40, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 21mm, f/4, 1/200, ISO 2500

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Dragon Boat Festival

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Dragon Boat Festival

On Wednesday, Stanley was overrun by the Dragon Boat festival. Thousands of competitors hung out on Junks or in makeshift huts on the beach and a couple thousand more took advantage of the public holiday to cheer on their friends or just lounge around on the beach.  

It was chaotic and I didn't last long. 

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1250, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1000, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 35mm, f/5, 1/640, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/6.3, 1/200, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/13, 1/80, ISO 100

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British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong - Part I

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British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong - Part I

Once every four years the British & Irish Lions head out on tour to one of the big three Southern Hemisphere rugby nations - Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. For 2013 they are heading to the land of kangaroos and on the way down from the UK they stopped off in HK to play the Barbarians. It's pretty unlikely the Lions will ever stop off in HK again so I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to see them play.

It didn't make up for missing the 7s but watching the other spectators enjoy themselves was certainly entertaining. Below is a selection of photos from the evening - more will follow.

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 180mm, f/4, 1/125, ISO1600

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/60, ISO1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/6.3, 1/30, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/6.3, 1/30, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/4, 1/500, ISO2500

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/640, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/100, ISO1600

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 78mm, f/4, 1/250, ISO400, -0.33ev

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 180mm, f/4, 1/1250, ISO2500, -0.33ev

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Torro Rosso

Whilst I was in Kuala Lumpur and extremely close to Singapore I decided there was no real excuse to miss the Singapore GP. I ended up buying my air ticket fairly last minute and had to scrounge around for tickets for the race weekend. On arriving in Singapore I had a Friday session but managed to sort myself out for the following two days soon after.

I even got myself into the Johnie Walker Jet Black after party for both Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, I didn't catch any of the drivers.

I arrived early on Saturday and spent the early part of the day taking in the sights and locating the best positions to take in the qualifying and race. Until you hear an F1 car go past you can't really appreciate the noise they general - it is fantastically loud! Thats even with the ear plugs in.

Taking photos of a F1 car at night with my basic walk about lens is pretty much impossible, even when I chose to stand at the exit of a the slowest corner - they travel that fast! I ended up spending most my time panning, which again is nigh on impossible. This is one of my better attempts.

I need a new long and fast lens before I head back to capture Formula 1. 

Canon 400 D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/40, ISO 400, -0.33ev


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Right on the Edge

The first Christmas came 3 months after I received my shinny new Canon 400D and I was too nervous to take it out on the slopes. Any opportunity to capture an intense skiing action shot passed me by however, by the time the next skiing holiday rolled around my initial nervousness had pretty much disappeared and I was ready to roll. Leading up to the holiday I undertook quick spot of research in order to fully understand how my camera would react to the snow - both technically and physically.

We were gifted with more powder than we could contemplate on Christmas Day, which was fantastic however all this snow came with some serious wind! The majority off the lifts were closed and the ones that were open had been slowed to half speed. The ride back up was painful but always worth it!

Other than the large amounts of snow the one benefit from the storm was that it limited the number of people on the slopes - only the real hardcore skiers/boarders were out! This meant there was fresh snow for us to enjoy all day.

After having said all that today's photo comes from the following day when there wasn't a storm (that photo is coming later!) and our vision was clear. My brothers and I headed into the trees and I got this cool shot as Robin came flying around one of the trees. I had to manually focus and listen to him ski in order to guess when he was going to pop out from around the tree. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 53mm, 1/500, ISO 400, 0.67ev

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Centre Court Wimbledon

After I finished working down in Eastbourne and before I flew out to Kuala Lumpur I was lucky enough to visit Wimbledon and watch the tennis on Centre Court. I have only been to Wimbledon once before, which was on Finals Day in 2008 - the year of the epic final between Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal. We weren't able to get onto Centre Court but watching the final out side of the Hill was fantastic. The atmosphere and support for both players was pretty cool.

This time around I visited Wimbledon on the second day so there were hordes of people walking round the grounds and matches being played on every court. Having watched Wimbledon every year it was pretty special being there with so much to see.

I've always wanted a shot of Centre Court relatively empty so after we arrived in the morning we went straight inside. I wish I had taken a couple of shots to stich together and create a panorama but I still enjoy this photo. I've used Silver Effects Pro to convert it into black & white.

Canon 400D EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f7.1, 1/160, ISO 100

 

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Wet Red Clay

I didn't want to post all the new photos I've taken recently - I want to save them as I think they are really good -  so I had a trawl through the archives to see if I could find anything half decent. As I've felt my photography has got better I was suprised to see how many photos I'd left un-edited or had discarded as I felt they we're good enough.

Through this search I've learnt to continue looking back through the archives of your photos - you may never know what you've left there - and I think I'll be sharing more photos from the past. Over time, your photographic eye improves as does your post processing so you might see something in a photo you didn't the frist time round.

Today's photo comes from Roland Garros in Paris. My Mum, Brother and myself hopped on the Eurostar from London to Paris to spend a couple of days watching the tennis. Lucky for us it rained the first day when we arrived - seems to be raining quite a bit in my posts.. I like the misery and dreary atmosphere in the photo and the fact that quite a number of people waited it out in the rain to watch some tennis. In the end we did manage to catch two matches!

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 24mm, f7.1, 1/100, ISO 100

 

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AEGON International - Eastbourne

Last week I was working down in Eastbourne for the AEGON International and managed to free up enough time to take a couple of snaps. This photo was taken during the men's final. Although the cloud is fairly ominous there was knle a short 15 min break for rain. It was actually the only bit of rain we had all week. 

This photo is a three exposure HDR processed through photomatix and adjusted in Aperture. It has quickly become a favourite of mine as it encapsulates a typical English tennis tourament.  

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